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Raikkonen bemoans unlucky start to Ferrari return

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Contact with Kevin Magnussen capped a frustrating Monaco race for Kimi Raikkonen © Getty Images

Kimi Raikkonen believes his return to Ferrari has been hampered by incidents outside of his control this season after suffering several incidents at key points in races.

Raikkonen's form has been the subject of speculation this year, with his highly-anticipated move back to Ferrari so far not living up to pre-season expectations - partly due to struggles with car set-up. He looked set for his best finish of the season in Monaco and his first ahead of team-mate Fernando Alonso in 2014, running third after a superb start, but it was jeopardised by a puncture caused by a collision with the lapped Max Chilton under the safety car.

Raikkonen also had two incidents with Kevin Magnussen earlier in the season and he feels he has already seen his fair share of bad luck this year.

"I have driven well many times, but there's always been something going wrong in the races - like punctures from other people hitting me - and it's just never come together really," Raikkonen said. "It's a shame. Again we had a good position [in Monaco] but got a puncture so it's just bad luck.

"Small things go wrong and make a massive difference in the end."

Raikkonen knows Ferrari still has a big job to do to catch Mercedes and Red Bull but thinks the team can achieve it in time.

"Obviously we need to improve in a lot of areas. We've done a lot of things, particularly with the engine and stuff like that to improve already, but we are still lacking the speed we need to compete with Mercedes, they are still quite a way ahead of us. We know what we have to do but those things are not easy to fix, it just takes time.

"We know where the weaknesses are but if everyone could improve theirs everyone would have a fast car. Once we get a good feeling with things I'm sure it's going to be a lot better. But until we get the results and things fixed we have to keep fighting and hopefully be a bit more lucky in the future."

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